Books on Monday – Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing

Welcome back to Books on Monday. We still have a couple of months worth of this before I run out of books that I have purchased, so expect a post on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Today we are looking at Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess. Yes, the link below is an Amazon Affiliate link which will help to support this blog.


Now, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I like to do hand work but English paper piecing is just not my thing. Which, of course, is why I never planned to purchase this book even though I liked the look of lots of the patterns. I didn’t plan to purchase this right up until Linda Franz announced an Inklingo pattern for Celestial Stars, the cover quilt. I am a big Inklingo fan and plan to purchase the pattern soon. Here is where you can get more information on that.

Now you know why I am holding this lovely book in my hands, let’s get to the information. First, I have marked 9 patterns in this book that I would consider making. Pretty good for a for a technique I don’t like! And let me talk a little about the beautiful job the publisher did on this book. It is gorgeous and sturdy! The covers have folded flaps so you can use them to hold your place if you are so inclined. (I’m not, because I’m a former librarian and that seems sacrilegious to me.)

Let’s look at what is inside. The illustrations in this book are numerous and beautiful. The projects are made in bright fabrics that appeal to me, so, of course, that helps. And the variety of projects (all of which are lovely) just makes me want to make all (or most of) them. Some of the projects use blocks that I would not have thought of as EPP blocks (all the better!), so there might be other ways to make them.

The book begins with lovely pictures – several pages of them. Sure, the Table of Contents and Title Page are also there, but I spent most of my time looking at those pictures. I may not want to make stacks of EPP hexagons, but I’ll happily look at lovely pictures of other people’s efforts in that direction.

I think the best way to go through the book from here would be to do an annotated Table of Contents, so here we go!

  • Introduction – Exactly what you’d expect from a friendly author
  • Project Gallery – Pictures of all the projects with the page number so they can be quickly located in the book. A very nice touch if you ask me!
  • What Is English Paper Piecing? – A one page definition
  • Papers and Templates – Includes a tip on making your own
  • My Essential English Paper Piecing Tools – Begins with a picture and continues on to describe each item and how she uses it.
  • Techniques – All the information you need to do your EPP like Sharon Burgess.
    • How to glue your papers – No thread basting for Sharon!
    • Preparing papers with curves – How to ease those curves into shape.
    • Joining your pieces – There are a couple of great tips for joining some of the more unusual shapes, like clamshells
    • Strip cutting your fabric – In case you aren’t planning to fussy cut
    • Fussy cutting – In case you are.
    • Including EPP in any project – Tips for trimming up your project
    • Hand stitches – Whip, Running, Blind
    • Quilting – Very basic mentions of what happens. This is, of course, not the focus of this book.
    • Binding – A brief discussion of how to bind.
    • Metric conversion chart – Sharon’s an Aussie. This also contains a glossary of terms.
    • The next two sections are listed in the Table of Contents under Techniques but actually show up after the projects section.
      • Templates – All the templates needed for the projects in this book.
      • Resources and acknowledgments – Exactly what you would expect.
  • Projects – As I mentioned before, there are some great projects in this book. I strongly recommend you look at them. And make some!

Just so you are aware, I have no affiliation with this book or author. I purchased my own copy of the book. And, yes, I plan to use it!

Books on Monday – New English Paper Piecing

Yep, it is another book about EPP. Sigh. Does this look like a trend? Unfortunately, it does. But I still maintain I will NOT BE DOING ANY EPP IN THE NEAR FUTURE! I can promise you that.

So this week’s book is New English Paper Piecing: A Faster Approach to a Traditional Favorite by Sue Daley. And, yes, that is the usual Amazon Affiliate link below:

Note the “faster approach” in the subtitle. I’m always up for a faster approach. As long as it is still precise. I do like to be fairly precise and I do like little fiddly bits. Hmmm. Just not fond of paper.

The author combines EPP and appliqué in her quilts, and they are gorgeous. She does have a couple of tricks to make the EPP go faster, but it would be rude of me to tell you what they are. Just let me say, I think they save time but not enough for my taste. And they still require whip stitching.

She has many different shapes she uses in these quilts. There is one bed runner with double wedding rings made of pentagon shapes. Very attractive! She also has a few shapes I’ve never seen before. And these projects are gorgeous! All of them. If you think of EPP as only hexagons (and you shouldn’t after my last few book reviews), this book will show you many other shapes you can EPP. (Have I gushed enough about the designs in this book yet?)

So what is in this book?

  • Introduction
  • Tools & Equipment (Some of these may surprise you!)
  • English Paper-Piecing Techniques
  • Appliqué Techniques
  • Finishing Your Quilt
  • Projects (Have I mentioned that I love them?)
  • About the Author
  • Resources

If you like EPP and want some interesting and different patterns, this book is for you. I’m working on figuring out how to do some of these without the paper, because that is what I do. This is definitely a book I will keep, because I love these patterns. I’m sure I can figure something out! At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Quilt on!


Books on Monday – All Points Patchwork

Here is another book on English Paper Piecing. This sure makes it look as if I’m thinking of trying my hand at it, doesn’t it. Don’t hold your breath. But I may try something that looks very like EPP. Anyway, back to today’s review.

Today’s book is All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects by Diane Gilleland. And, yes, that link below is an Amazon Affiliate link. I have to pay for overseas shipping somehow!

This is a beautiful book. It is the most thorough book I have yet read on how to do various shapes of EPP. The uses the author finds for EPP shapes and rosettes or flowers or stars is very inspiring. Which is her point in writing this book. There are no directions for specific projects, but there is lots of inspiration. And lots of information about how to actually do the process of EPP.  I am very happy to own this, even if I do not plan to really do any EPP in the near future.

Here is what you can find in this book, along with many pictures, of course:

  • Hello, EPP! (This is an introduction to both the book and EPP.)
  • Chapter 1: Tools and Materials
  • Chapter 2: Basic Techniques
  • Chapter 3: Building Your Own EPP Patterns (I find this one very exciting!)
  • Chapter 4: Working with Hexagons
  • Chapter 5: Working with Diamonds and Jewels
  • Chapter 6: Working with Triangles and Tumblers
  • Chapter 7: Working with Octagons and Pentagons
  • Chapter 8: Working with Curved Shapes
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Sample EPP Templates
  • Index

This is not a short book. (224 pages.) It is not full of projects. Make sure you understand this so that you are not disappointed like the only one star review of this book on But if you want to become an EPP pro, this book will not disappoint you.

Quilt on!